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  1. Are we talking large international airports (eg Heathrow); large civil industrial/mixed use airfields like Filton or Cambridge; small regional airports; civilian contractors working on military bases; or what? Because ground personnel dress varied far too much to say that white overalls were the norm. They may have worn company-issued overalls; their own "day clothes"; or anything in between. I believe government-surplus flight line kit was quite widespread in the post-war years and into the 70s. I'm sorry, but what I'm really trying to say is that the question is impossible to answer simply. But there is hope, because it means that up to a point you can use whatever you may have to hand, and dress the figure(s) however you please.
  2. @'V' You are the first person other than myself who I've ever seen build a Contrail Valiant. But two?? And so well done too. Respect, Sir.
  3. MikeC

    9th AF film clips

    That's an "ouch" moment around 2:06 when the guy who arrives to help with the bomb gets his foot under it. Great footage, thanks for sharing.
  4. Thanks, good photos. They seem to be mostly of the competition: are they just that, or did you get any of the show as well?
  5. Indeed so. I also recall some of the 4-point harnesses were black when I was closely acquainted with the Chippy. The new 5-point harness (fitted in the mid-70s) was certainly black. And check out this photo of a Chipmunk at Cambridge (22RFS or CUAS) dated 1950: the harness dangling over the side is certainly not a light grey of buff colour. The moral is, as ever, use specific photo reference for your particular subject if you have it available.
  6. Well I'm giving it a miss this year for a number of reasons, which do not include any worries about Covid risk. Have a good one if you are going, hopefully see you next year.
  7. An Airfix Bristol 192 was my first solo effort, one Christmas in the mid-60s. I asked my Mother, who had been in the WAAF during the War, which way round the fin flashes should go (albeit straight onto the unpainted plastic) - so I can honestly say I did research from a primary source for my very first model.
  8. I'll declare an interest here, I was one of @WarthogMKL's team of writers at SAMI. I can vouch for the fact that we were told: which when you think about it applies to many things in life such as staff appraisals, not just model kit or anything else reviews. In my experience there is rarely a kit that is so bad there is nothing good at all to say about it. I think we'd better leave that particular debate there, or this thread is going to divert into "You need some modelling skills" vs "Manufacturers should do better to give us Tamiya-P-38-standard fit." In my own articles I've tried to strike exactly the balance David specified - I hope I achieved that. It goes without saying, of course, that any adverse comments had to be backed up with evidence: for example not just "There are mismatches between the instructions and plastic", but "There are mismatches between the instructions and plastic, for example in step 25 where the undercarriage door is shown as part A9 when it's actually B79". It's not about ensuring the editor is able to continue "getting goodies" as you so disparagingly call it - it's about realism and trying to be fair to both the kit and the reader.
  9. More like 1980s or even 1990s, definitely not 70s.
  10. Great model of a 5AEF aircraft. I wonder when they started putting the unit badge on the fuselage side and a huge code letter on the rudder? Certainly after my time as a staff cadet at 5AEF, 1972-78. We got the red/white/grey finished Chippies about 1973-4 iirc (before that it was a different set of aircraft in grey/dayglo); one of those we received then was WB652, as in @Rod Blievers' superb photo of the Madingley Cemetery, but WZ872 appeared after my time.
  11. If it had turned out to be that, I'd have been in with a Sopwith Camel.
  12. Quite honestly, flying clothing varied so much, depending on the type of suit, the period, the manufacturer, how many times it had been washed, and many other factors, that if you use anything between approximately dark sea gray and almost light aircraft grey for the 50s-60s, and a light to medium olive drab later, you'll be fine. For the helmet, the two-part Mk 1 helmets (50s-70s) were silver, although some units were known to paint them; later (late 60s onwards) were white, and later, with the advent of tome-down, went to dark green, later with a reflective strip on the back. As ever, specific documentary/photographic evidence is your only friend.
  13. How many rules do we need? I don't see a problem with more "creative " titles, it can pique people's interest. Ideally the Op should include all relevant information such as you suggest, it's basic courtesy to the reader, but it surely doesn't need a rule.
  14. Yes it is. I'm not sure about the Pontin connection, but certainly Billy Butlin and Hughie Green were involved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNwcJSZGYEM And to get this back on topic smoothly, as a former staff cadet at 5AEF I have quite a few hours in that Husky but not so many hours in the back of a Herc (two or three flights iirc). Your rendition may even tempt me to buy one of these kits.
  15. I think your memory's fine, the changeover was around then. I suspect that rather than a mass issue and "everyone change from a certain date", there was a gradual changeover with new pilots issued green kit immediately, and everyone else changing sooner or later as their suits came up for replacement. I'd be interested to know more.
  16. That was my experience of the recent IPMS Brampton show at St Ives recently - it seemed as well attended and busy as ever. I'd be interested to know what your impression of that one was, and from the club whether they experienced a similar loss.
  17. Very nice Herc indeed. I recall when the Airfix one was first issued in the late 60s, it was over £1, which made it the most expensive aircraft in the Airfix catalogue at the time.
  18. Agreed with one reservation - the cockpit totally defeated me with a fiendish combination of tubular structure, no positive locating points, and brittle plastic. I got over this by adapting a Grey Matter cockpit which was designed for the Revell kit, but can be made to work. Other than that and a few niggling mismatches between instructions and plastic, it is a good kit indeed. But a Kotare one would be a must-have for me.
  19. Correct. Hand-held camera, observer in the front, pilot in the back. SOP was that the crew put helmets on - with masks and visors on and closed - and boarded the aircraft in the hangar, to prevent them being photographed by the East Germans, who overlooked the airfield. I really recommend this book for more details of these and other intelligence-gathering ops. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-Down-Corridors-Wright/dp/075097947X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=looking+down+the+corridors&qid=1633843070&qsid=258-9815800-6728733&sr=8-1&sres=075097947X%2C0847827992%2C0931340489%2C1456311840%2C0143105167%2CB0176DH6GE%2C0141982543%2C0141194626%2CB086MZHKZC%2CB08CDVG21K%2CB07NWF3BX2%2C1509871748%2C1912666480%2CB09C42HXVW%2CB08M8Y5JCJ%2C1839520000
  20. MikeC


    I wasn't thinking of other scales, just those three, and you can't deny the relationship. The question covered three scales, so answered I think.
  21. MikeC


    Multiply by 3, so 1/72 becomes 3/216, 1/48 becomes 3/144 1/32 becomes 3/96. The series then becomes clear, it's a change of 1.5 each time eg 1/32 is 1.5 times as big as 1/48 and the same relationship between 48 and 72.
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